BSc (Hons) Digital Media and Communications

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2019

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Overview

The world of digital media is a rapidly changing one that rewards hard work and creativity – if you’re looking to plug yourself in, we’re here to help.

This is a degree made for inquiring and creative minds – and it’s especially geared to those seeking careers in creative digital industries. Study with us and you’ll explore the creation, manipulation and processing of digital content for new communication and media technologies. But you’ll also go further behind the scenes – looking at the social science and theoretical frameworks beneath this content production. 

Supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic lecturers and researchers, you’ll be encouraged to find your own creative identity and express yourself through a variety of digital content, media and genres, including documentary, photography and much more. You’ll also acquire a range of business-planning and research skills that will boost your employability in today’s multiplatform digital environments.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The rapidly changing digital media and creative industries offer career opportunities in an extremely wide range of industry sectors including web design, media development, computing and system management, teaching, information management, IT consultancy, and as managers and administrators in a wide variety of public and private organisations. Previous graduates have been employed by new media companies across the North West and nationally.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma DMM at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0. with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Given the nature of our courses in Information and Communications, which keep abreast of and feed into developments in industry, we regularly review, enhance and update our degree programmes. 

This degree programme suits inquiring and creative minds, and those seeking careers in television, radio, film and other media. You will investigate the creation, manipulation and processing of digital content for new communication and media technologies. You are encouraged to find your own creative identity and to express yourself through digital content. The course includes the social science theoretical frameworks in which content production is embedded and uses selected digital media to provide technical treatments of media content production.

The rapidly changing digital media and culture industries offer many career opportunities in a wide range of industry sectors, including television, radio, film and new media. Digital multimedia technologies are also being used to create content for education, non-broadcast parts of the AV sector and in industries such as travel and tourism. The market for skills in all of these areas is strong and expanding whilst the project management experience you can gain is valued across many job sectors.

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Core Units

Digital Organisations

This unit explores the digital industry and beyond. Through exploring trends, organisational purpose, functions, structure and culture, as well as data use and analysis, you will have the opportunity to develop your enterprise skills. 

Digital Asset Creation

This unit will introduce you to the practical and theoretical elements of documentary media production using moving image, photography and audio. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to construct online content and media using pre-production research to inform the creation of media assets.  

Digital Society, Culture and Communications

Most of us use digital devices every day, but what implications does this potentially create for our society, culture and us as digital citizens? This unit will explore these themes examining our information society and its mode of communication, analysing our everyday behaviour as digital citizens, consumers and workers in this new digital culture. 

Option Units

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

Web Page Development

This unit covers the theory and practice of constructing web pages using industry standards and best practices. The focus is on user centred design and accessibility for all. Indicative Content: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) using industry standards and best practices. Web accessibility and usability. Page layout, design and typography for the web as well as digital content including text, images, audio and video.

Web Page Creation (15 credits)

This unit covers the theory and practice of constructing web pages using industry standards and best practices, including HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) using industry standards and best practices, web accessibility and usability.

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Core Units

Creative Asset Production

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to devise planned proposals, storyboards, scripts and narratives for digital media assets across multiple platforms as well as producing a range of digital media assets media writing and expression.  

Social Networking and Digital Media

Social media is almost ubiquitous in our everyday lives. In this unit, you will explore how we create our digital selves, analysing how online social networks are formed and how this informs digital communication and consumerism. You will examine the relationship between people and data, the internet of things and echo chambers as well as analysing how we use our devices to communicate, where we use them to create social networks and how we locate objects from books to hotels. 

Option Units

Web Site Development

Taking the coding taught at year one in standards based web development, the student goes though the web site build process from a client brief to site launch. Information Architecture (IA), User Experience Design (UXD) and Accessibility for All will be essential components.

Engaging the Humanities

This innovative unit is offered as a Faculty-wide learning experience. The lecture and workshop programme will be interdisciplinary and will include students from the range of undergraduate programmes taught in the Faculty; these include: Criminology, English, History, Digital Media and Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Public Services and Sociology.

Each year the unit will address a different contemporary socio-economic challenge and illuminate the ways in which our Humanities and Social Science disciplines understand, evaluate and seek solutions to that challenge.

Project Management for Digital Industries

Students will develop knowledge and skills in project management (PM) in the context of digital industries by employing practitioner and academic perspectives. Personal and employability skills are developed through teamwork and reflection. The unit has a strong practical focus, applying theories and frameworks to the running of projects and delivery of outcomes. This unit benefits from the dynamic local PM community, which now includes many of our former students who mentor teams.

Uniwide Language (15 credits)

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency

Digital Rights (15 credits)

This unit examines the digital environment and how it is regulated globally, including codes of practice, and asks what ethical behaviour means for both organisations and individuals.

Digital Rights

This unit examines the digital environment (including its production, manipulation, distribution, circulation and reception) and how it is regulated globally and ask what ethical behaviour means for both organisations and individuals? This will be informed by an analysis of codes of practice, current contexts including the EU and the implications of Brexit, and how cultural aspects of the information society inform digital rights.

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Core Units

Business Planning and Enterprise for the Digital Industries

As well as being pertinent to entrepreneurial and freelancing opportunities, business planning is a useful vehicle to explore various aspects of organisational and management theory relevant to all organisations. This unit will consider a broad range of aspects relevant to business planning such as business models, strategic options, objectives and metrics, customer and competitor analysis and legal obligations. 

Digital Media Project

This unit provides a platform for the design and execution of a digital media project. It will also include reflection, analysis and evaluation of education and work experience, providing a focus for professional development and employability skills. 

Option Units

User Experience for Creative Industries

This unit will look at the key principles of user centred design including national and international guidelines of best practice, standards and recommendations, such as user research, task analysis, user search behaviour, patterns, strategies and log data analysis. 

User Experience for Creative Industries (15 credits)

This unit looks at the principles and standards of user experience design and practical application of these techniques. Focusing on user-centred design for the creative industries, including user behaviour, needs and requirements.

Uniwide Language (15 Credits)

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Placement options

Although not a formal requirement of the degree, students are encouraged to seek placements, internships, work experience and volunteering opportunities to develop their professional and personal portfolio. The course has links with IT departments and information units in all types of organisations, including the BBC, Granada TV, law firms, schools, universities, NHS and public authorities in the UK and abroad.

Journalism, Information and Communications

Our Journalism, Information and Communications section provides courses in the areas of information, library and information management, digital media, web development, communications and multimedia journalism.

The department’s history goes back nearly 70 years and it has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, working collaboratively with industry to develop partnership agreements in the public sector.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3625 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

This course is no longer available through clearing.

Check out our undergraduate prospectus to find a list of other courses we have available.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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